I used to love Sephora Favorites and while I am not ready to stop loving them just yet, the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves 2018 is another disappointment. Who is curating these? How does the team in charge of curation not get that $75 for the one I am discussing today and $80 for the one I discussed last month is too much for a kit of mostly samples? In the past, the kits that contained mostly samples were $40-$45. This changed with the Skin Wonderland kits, which are always over $60 and typically sold without a full-size item in the entire kit. A lot of the items in that kit are sold in travel size, so many shoppers can justify paying that much for samples. You will notice that I have never reviewed any, because I have never purchased a skincare set of samples for more than $45.
Even $45 was too high for me unless there was at least one hero full-sized item that saved the kit or I could grab the kit on sale. It’s 2018 and there are too many ways to come by samples for a lot cheaper than a $75 or $80 kit. That means the full-size items in these kits need to pull their weight to justify the value. When they don’t, you end up with a kit that is unlikely to move without a discount. In my humble opinion, the full-size items in this kit do not pull their weight. I will start by saying at first sight, this one is actually more appealing than its predecessor that went for $5 more. Unlike its predecessor, there are a few items in here that have not been sampled by Sephora via promo codes, Sephora Play boxes, or Beauty Insider Point redemptions. Therefore, it will have some new items to people who have not already purchased the full-sizes.
The Sephora Favorites Superstars Kit Everyday Must Haves retails for $75. There are 11 products in this kit making the cost of each item $6.82. Three items are full-sized. If you were to purchase the full-size items separately, you would pay $66. That means even someone who wants all three full-sized items is still investing some money in samples. With most Superstars kits, the full-size products more than cover the cost for the set.
– 0.003 oz/ 0.085 g Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown (full-size)
– 0.085 oz/ 2.4 g BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
– 0.52 oz/ 15 mL Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream
– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Dior Diorshow Mascara in 090 Black
– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Mini Instant Retouch Primer
– 0.035 oz/ 1 g Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Underage Red
– 0.12 oz/ 3.5 g Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer Primer + Moisturizer in 1
– 0.153 oz/ 4.5 mL stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma (full-size)
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray Mini
– 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (full-size)
Medium Brown is too dark for my brows. As I already own it, I know I can make it work. Since I can make it work, I would keep this if I had the set. I do not want to go out of my way to purchase things that are not ideal for me, so this is not a selling point on this kit (for me). It is probably the best color when only choosing one for a set like this, because most of us can probably get it to work. Thus, I understand the shade selection. Though I have said so many times that they should have variations on the kits for color products to suit more customers. Those who love this color will probably see more value in this item.
The stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma is very beautiful and performs pretty well. It goes on vibrant, blends better than I expected, and stays on well. My eyelids and hooded and oily, so I do have some creasing with this. However, my eyelids crease with anything now. Things that used to work, like NARS Pro Prime Shadow primer, no longer work for me. Just because my eyeshadows always crease does not mean I do not enjoy them. This is stunning and I think most people will love it. Those who do not already have it will probably enjoy trying this.
I do really like the Urban Decay eyeliner. It is pigmented, goes on smoothly, and mostly stays put on the upper lid. My waterline cannot hold this for too long. Perversion is the most sampled color, so I have a lot of these even after giving a lot away.
Champagne Pop was in the last set, and I think it is odd to place the same sample in the very next set. Anyone who purchased the last set now owns this, if s/he did not already. It is a beautiful highlighter that I enjoy, as I mentioned in my review of the other set.
I’ve heard great things about the Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream and even ordered a foil sample of it. So far, I have not tried it yet. If I place it in my October foil challenge, I might be able to try this while there are still some kits left for sale.
I already have samples of the Dior Diorshow Mascara in 090 Black, the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer Primer + Moisturizer, and the Too Faced Cosmetics Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray, but I have not tried them yet. Unless I really love them (after trying them), I would not keep these duplicates.
The FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Mini Instant Retouch Primer, the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Underage Red, and the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow are products I do not own at all, so this would give me a chance to try some new things.
I said I would purchase the last one if it discounted from $80 to $40 and purchased it a few days later when it did just that. It is highly unlikely I will guess the price I am willing to pay twice and get my request granted again. However, I will give it a try. If this kit dipped to $40, I would be willing to purchase it. This does have more items in it that I do not already own, but I already own all three of the full-sizes. Since I would basically be buying this solely on the strength of the samples, I think paying over $40 is too much. There are more unique items in this, so I cannot see Sephora discounting this to almost 50% off. People will probably buy this to try new things. If a discount is granted, I am thinking it will go to $50 (and that will be at the end of the year in the sale on sale if they have not sold them by then).
They are all nice items, and I think anyone who does not already own them might enjoy all three (if the products and colors suit them) of the full-size items. A specific brow color can work great for those with a compatible hair color. People who dislike glitter shadow, cream shadows, or light shadows might get disappointed with the stila product. Black eyeliner is a staple for most. For those who wear black eyeliner, they usually already have multiples. It would have been nice to see either the Magic Cream, the primer, or the setting spray in place of any of these full-size products or better yet adding one to the three already here. After all, the last kit was only $5 more and had four full-size products.
The odds of me keeping duplicate Stila shadow or Urban Decay liner are slim, because I do not use either often enough to justify backups. In case the Stila dries up, I guess it would not hurt to have a new one ready to go. That means I would keep the ABH pencil and at least a few of the samples to get my personal value over $40. I cannot see any scenario where I would get $75 in personal value from this or even $60 assuming this is still available when the fall VIB sale starts.
Since this is the second Superstars Kit released in the second half of the year, I doubt we will see another one before next year. Those who purchase one each year will either have to pass this year or decide which of the two available are the lesser of the two evils. Of course, a sale could happen on either set again in the future if they sit too long. Something tells me this one will not sit as long though, given it has more new products inside of it.
Yes, this post was a little more negative than usual, but I feel strongly this is another miss. Only someone who does not mind paying for samples AND either wants to try a lot of new things (if s/he does not already have them) or already loves a lot of these things. It helps if the person buying this set wants all three of the full-size items, but that person would still be paying something for the samples even if s/he keeps all the full-size items. These kits are so much better when the amount of the full-size products at least covers the cost of the kit. That way, the samples are a bonus instead of something you’re buying.
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